Israel as Jewish State

By Jonathan S. Woocher

Cambridge University Press, April 1985

A review of Religion and Politics in Israel, by Charles S. Liebman and Eliezer Don-Yehiya (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1984, pp. 148). According to the reviewer, the authors examine the interaction of religion and politics in a setting where the two are closely intermingled, often in tension with one another, but where, they argue, a reasonably stable relationship has been maintained in the form of the State of Israel. The authors attempt to show how these two powerful spheres have contrived to coexist without serious damage to the integrity of either. They do so primarily by broadening somewhat the conventional frame of reference within which the political-religious interaction is usually conceived. Their focus is not only on how religious issues are dealt with in the political arena, but on the role which religion-specifically Judaism-plays in shaping the political culture of the society, in other words, what it means for Israel to be a Jewish state.

Topic: Political Behavior, Religion and State, Publications, Politics

Name of Publication: The Review of Politics

Volume/Issue: Vol.47/no.2

Page Number(s): 314-316

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Woocher, Jonathan S. Israel as Jewish State. The Review of Politics. Cambridge University Press. April 1985: 314-316.


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